One of the toughest tasks every family faces at times of seasonal changes is the need to transform the closets for the upcoming season, this time – the cold one. It may be more complicated at this time since winter apparel is heavier; it requires more space and care, especially the additional gear: coats, scarfs, mittens, hats, etc. Here are some ideas and tips that might help you to endure this task successfully and without too much stress.
Stretch out the mid-season
The climate may be unpredictable, so to avoid too much pressure once the temperatures drop, make sure to have a few shelves with mid-season clothes for every family member, including some jackets everyone can drop into their bags or in the car just to keep safe. There is no need to wait for the whole charade of transforming the closets to get just a little warmer and fuzzier.
Keep your closet clean
Winter gear is usually more expensive. Hence, it is essential to make sure you put it in a safe environment, especially considering all the various types of insects that are thriving during the summer months. Once all of the summer clothes have been transported from your storage places, vacuum the closet, pass on some disinfectant and leave to dry. If it is the kids’ closet, make sure there are no crumbs or other litter that may attract unwanted visitors.
When in doubt – label
A common problem among families with few children, especially those close by age – is the mix-up of their clothes and winter gear. To avoid this, use labelling to make sure that each and every one of them will get their own. To ease up the process, you may also create a unique basket for every child with their name on it. It will help to keep order and avoid fights, or things get lost.
Prefer alternative materials over wood or cardboard
Although cardboard was considered a perfectly suitable mean of storage for many years, the sudden changes in temperatures and humidity, as well as the overall fragile complexion of this material, can lead to breakage and damaging the clothes due to lack of protection and all-around coverage. A great alternative is the Omni Sweater Box. It has a capacity large enough to fit many pants and sweaters and its clear base and lid allow you to see the contents inside.
The basement may not be the best option
Those two levels may be subjected to changing temperatures, a formation of mold, decay and other destructive processes. You may want to consider storing some of the boxes (as recommended – alternative containers) in a cabinet created for safe and comfortable storage. Another idea is to store them under the bed. The Curver Omni Underbed Roller is the perfect height and length to store clothes underneath your bed. It also has wheels so that you can conveniently roll it out when needed. Having the clothes nearby will also facilitate the next seasons’ switching processes, so you will be able to start the following summer cheerfully. Even though it seems far away, we all know that time flies!